Cone Peak Trail

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jbl
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Cone Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: August 10, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The Cone Peak Trail is Wilderness Freeway to Clear for its entire length. The only issues are erosion on a few spots along the section from the Cone Peak Road trailhead and the Cone Peak spur trail, and some brush encroachment (mostly ceanothus) at spots in the first mile towards Cone Peak. Water is flowing at Trail Spring Camp. Three Cal Poly students were setting up at Trail Spring when we arrived. They were at Cook Spring the prior night and reported that the water flow over there was very low.
dirtgirl

Re: Cone Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: June 16, 2013
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

My friend and I hiked the trail from Highway 1 to Vicente Flat with backpacks, stayed overnight, and then did the Cone Peak hike and back to Vicente the following day, packing back down one day later. 3 days total, 10 backpacking (split by 2 days), 12 hiking. We were misinformed by a ranger that the water source was questionable and packed with 65 and 75 lb. packs!!! It took us 8 hours to do the 5 miles to Vicente, and we were pretty beat for the day hike to the peak (taking nearly 12 hours with breaks). There was plenty of water in the creek just past Espinosa Camp and past Vicente Flat.

The hike is incredible, and the trail could not be in better condition! Thank you trail stewards!
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jbl
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Cone Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: June 15, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

THIS REPORT COVERS THE SECTION FROM THE CONE PEAK LOOKOUT SPUR TURNOFF DOWN TO TRAIL SPRING CAMP

Wow!!!!!!!!

As someone who hasn't been on this section of the trail since before the forest of fallen trees was cleared, I was blown away by the amount of work that has been done and the quantity of trees (many very large) that had to be cut.

As Mike Heard pointed out in his earlier report, the trail is slightly steeper and slightly narrower than optimal in a few spots. But the fact that you can now walk the entire length of this trail without having to step over, crawl over or under, or do a (typically major) detour around (with most detours involving close encounters with poison oak), a single tree, is quite a change.

PS-The water was flowing nicely at Trail Spring.
kho
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: June 3, 2013
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Cone Peak Road from Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to Cone Peak Trail trailhead is open!
(The gate was open.)

Cone Peak Road (from Nacimiento-Fergusson Road) to Cone Peak Trail trailhead:
The unpaved road itself was in relatively good condition. However, there was a lot of pebbles on the road.
I was worried that my 2WD low-clearance vehicle would get a flat tire from the pebbles, so I drove at a max of 5mph,
and it took me about 50 min to cover those 5 miles. If you are not worried about flat tires you can probably go much
faster on that road. There was parking space at the trailhead (on a weekday).

Stretches of this road are 1-lane only, so if there is opposing traffic someone would have to reverse quite some distance.

Cone Peak Trail/Cone Peak Summit Trail to Cone Peak (summit/lookout):
The trail is in excellent condition. No obstruction. A big thank you to all the volunteers who kept the
trail in this condition. The view at the summit is incredible.

There was one unmarked junction on the trail on the way to the summit. Take the right fork (uphill) and it will take
you to the summit.

KH
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: April 26, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

As reported in http://www.ventanawild.org/forums/viewt ... 1125#p6983, CCC Crew 5 from the Los Padres Center in San Luis Obispo and sawyers from the crew of Engine 17 at Pacific Valley have fixed all remaining major problems with this trail.

Segment: Cone Peak Road to Cone Peak Lookout
This portion of the trail is pack stock passable. The brushy section near the Cone Peak Road is starting to show some minor encroachment into the clearing limits, but it's not really an obstacle to hikers or livestock . There are about a half-dozen yucca plants near the trail that need to be grubbed out (most of them on the spur trail up to the lookout), but the barbs have been trimmed so that they will not stab the unsuspecting animal or hiker.

Segment: Lookout Trail Junction to Trail Spring Camp
All of the trees have been removed,and all of the stumpholes, washouts, and other major tread issues have been repaired. Some of the repairs have left sections of trail that are a bit steeper or narrower than desired, but they are a huge improvement on what was there before. All switchbacks have been cleared, and all encroaching brush has been cut back.
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Jim Ringland
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: April 17, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Section: Trail Spring Camp to the Cone Peak Summit (northwest half)

Mike Heard, a professional sawyer, and the CCC folks have probably worked this trail since I walked it, so this report may be out of date as I post it. Even before their work, all was in good condition save some detours around the holes left by uprooted trees and around one yet-to-be-removed monster log. By now those holes and that log may have been tidied up.

The tribulations associated with the December 2011 wind events have been reported elsewhere, but somehow I hadn't realized that almost all of the giant trees that came down were sugar pines (with one or two Santa Lucia firs). There are plenty of young pines coming up, but given this is an isolated, remnant sugar pine population, all that destruction seems like more than the usual loss.
StevieRay

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Post by StevieRay »

Date Hiked: April 17, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Kudos to Mike Heard and the VWA Trail Crew for restoring the stunning "Cone Peak Loop" to such a clear condition. I almost cried with delight as I traversed superb treadwork, massive log sawing, and epic brush clearing, enabling a spectacular and worry free adventure in such spectacular scenery and diverse plant communities. I'm ready to go back and hike it again. Bravo!!! I vote for keeping the Cone Peak Road closed to the public. I think the closure significantly enhances the wilderness experience in this special corner of Ventana.
Rob
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

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Date Hiked: April 14, 2011
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked from Trail Spring up to the lookout, and it was in great shape. Only two small downed trees near Trail Spring, which seemed to have been flagged already. There were also a few detours around some larger trees, but no real obstructions.

From the lookout on down to Cone Peak Road was a wilderness freeway: clear sailing. Wildflowers in full effect.
Virginia Jensen

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Post by Virginia Jensen »

Date Hiked: April 10, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

the Cone Peak is in excellent repair. As we hiked it today we met Mike Heard removing a dead tree and root than was hanging over the trail. With that obstruction gone, the trail was perfect. The weather was brilliant and the wild flowers abundant. This was our first time up to the peak and it was a day to be remembered. Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who have been maintaining the trails. Your efforts are appreciated. Virginia Jensen, Judy West, Louis Plevel, Fritz Thom
Al Normandin

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Post by Al Normandin »

Date Hiked: April 8, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked Cone peak trail on April 8, 2013 from Naciemento-Ferguson Road summit to Cone Peak. A Ventana Alliance trail crew member told me the Cone Peak Road has been closed to vehicular traffic since March 2011 and will be open only after the National Forest Service obtains funds to repair the road. The trail to Cone Peak is in very good shape with no obstacles.
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